Motorcycle ride honors memory of Water Services Department worker killed in July

KANSAS CITY, MO - Saturday morning, friends of Donald Fenton took a motorcycle ride to remember the Water Services Department of Kansas City worker who was killed on the job in July. Those who were closest to him shared their memories of the man they say died doing the work he loved.

Friends of Donald Fenton started their engines and rode around the Kansas City Water Services Department at 1800 Prospect Ave.  His girlfriend, Lalita Brown, said it was the place to which Fenton gave his heart for the last 14 years.

"He lived and dreamed and worked water. You know, every time he answered the phone he said, 'Water,' " Brown said.

Fenton died on the job in July while he was working on a sewer line near 97th Street and Marion Park Drive. The water department said a plug gave way and released water into the manhole where he was working.

Brown was devastated when she heard the news.

"I just hit the floor. I couldn't believe what they were telling me. I just couldn't believe it. I screamed to the top of my lugs," she said.

Brown said Fenton was the father of two girls. His friends said he was a hard worker with a big heart. They said they'll also remember his passion for motorcycles.

Fenton enjoyed riding motorcycles with his two closest friends from the Water Services Department, including Craig Tinsley.

"He thought he had the fastest bike, but he didn't. It looked a little better than mine, but he couldn't keep up with mine. He was a fun guy to ride with," Tinsley said.

Water Services is still expected to complete an investigation. The coroner is expected to release the cause of death once the investigation is complete.

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